Museum Domain Management Association

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The Museum Domain Management Association (MuseDoma) was created in 2000 by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and the J. Paul Getty Trust. MuseDoma is the sponsoring organization for the .museum top-level domain.


MuseDoma was created in 2000 as a non-profit trade association based in Delaware.[1]

In October 2001, the ICANN and the Museum Domain Management Association launched the ICANN's first ever sponsored top-level domain, .museum. The new top-level domain was reserved to official museums worldwide.[2][3] Upon the launch of the tld, the J. Paul Getty Trust was a member of MuseDoma's board.[4]

At the very beginning, the name Museum Domain Management Association was shortened to its initials, MDMA, until the management team was advised to change it since it was exactly the same initials as the homonymous drug (MDMA).[4]


The .museum top-level domain is not available for all museums, a list of conditions (non-profit, permanent activity, ...) must be met. Many virtual museums cannot apply for a .museum domain name.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "A Top Level Museum Domain". 2001. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  2. ^ "ICANN Completes First Sponsored TLD Agreement; .museum to Go Live in November". 18 October 2001. Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  3. ^ Todd R. Weiss (19 October 2001). "New .museum domain name to go live in November". Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  4. ^ a b Edouard Launet (26 May 2001). "Toutes les toiles du monde sur la Toile". (in French).

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